Belpre police officers honored

BELPRE — A pair of Belpre police officers were recognized for their actions in connection with a January fire at Monday’s meeting of Belpre City Council.

Police Chief Terry Williams and Fire Chief Tony Cronin both presented recognition plaques to Sgt. Tyler Heddleston and Officer Jesse Whittington in recognition of their actions concerning a Jan. 17 fire on Middle Street in Belpre.

Williams said the officers responded to a call regarding a possible fire at a Belpre home and were able to make contact with the residents and get them to safety.

Cronin said the officers, who were first on the scene, were also able to provide valuable information to firefighters when they arrived.

“We would like to present life-saving awards to Sgt. Heddleston and Patrolman Whittington,” Williams said.

During Monday’s meeting, council unanimously approved the final two readings of a resolution creating a fund in the city’s budget for deposits of the EMS Levy funds. The city should begin seeing those funds in May.

Voters approved the levy last November to be used for equipment and other costs, such as funding the ambulance service currently operating under contract during daytime hours in Belpre.

Safety-Service Director Ron Cross said the repair work on Dragstrip Road is now underway, with an expected completion date in mid-March, weather permitting.

Several of council’s committees have meetings planned in the next few weeks. The Finance Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday to continue budget discussions. The Police and Fire Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 to discuss ongoing issues like false alarms, repeat calls and the city’s contract with Washington County Jail for prisoner costs. The Streets Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 to discuss the planned repaving of Main Street in a joint project by the city and the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Mayor Mike Lorentz said the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will be presenting an “Operation Street Smart” free adult drug education program from 5:30-9 p.m. today at Mullen Memorial Baptist Church at 1520 1/2 Putnam Howe Drive in Belpre.